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Lambing Mitts

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Recently I offered to knit fingerless gloves for a friend. I didn’t even realize it wasn’t my own idea until about 10 minutes after the conversation. But truthfully, I didn’t mind making these. I was between projects and had been itching to try this pattern.

In Minnesota, winters get cold. Really cold and hand knit items add extra layers for inside and outside. Sometimes we need something to keep our hands warm but fingers accessible. This pattern allows the wearer to cover or uncover as much of their fingers as they like. …

Matt’s first socks

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Only a month or so after Christmas, the socks for my brother are done. These are the first socks I have knit for someone without having their foot to try on along the way. I’m still not sure they will fit him because we haven’t seen each other since they’ve (finally) been washed and blocked. …

Gifts for the nephews

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One of my big projects for this past Christmas was to make a scarf and hat set for each of my four nephews. There is a substantial age gap between the youngest and oldest and I didn’t want to ask each of them their head size and spoil the surprise. So of course I did what any good knitter would do: I decided to wing it. …

Down the rabbit hole

 

My friend Karen on the right is showing me how to use an itty bitty drop spindle. I think what I was doing was called drafting.
My friend Karen, on the right, is showing me how to use an itty bitty drop spindle. I think what I was doing was called drafting.

I knew it was only a matter of time. In the last few years I have taken knitting from a casual hobby to a lifestyle choice. I’m fairly certain if you cut into me, I would bleed super wash wool (to keep it from felting as it circulates of course). So when a friend from my weekly knitting group invited me to her monthly spinning circle, I think we both knew it was the beginning of the end of my spinning-free lifestyle.  …

Finally wore those boot cuffs

I’ve finished my Christmas gift knitting. Well, mostly. I still have socks for my brother. But I knit them too big and he took forever to send me his actual size, so I’m waiting until I’m on Christmas vacation and have daylight to unravel the socks by. I don’t have any portable projects or WiPs  that I want to pick up right now. So I’m taking this time to rest my wrists (something I like to do every now and then). …

WiP: Double Kick Boot Cuffs

I love the look of boot cuffs and figured they would be be a super quick on-the-go project (yay for additional Christmas gifts!). Knit in Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, it is indeed super quick. Based on how fast this project is and how much of that yarn I have left over from my Christmas project over-purchase, I might possibly end up handing out boot cuffs to strangers out shopping. …

The Hitchhiker

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Have you ever knit something that was so amazing and perfect and exactly what you always wanted (but didn’t realize) that you couldn’t wait to put it on each day? This is it. This shawl is so amazing and this yarn so perfect that I would probably wear this around the house on a pajama day merely to dress things up. …